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Navigantium atque Itinerantium bibliotheca. Or, a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels

This fascinating engraving is from John Harris’s Navigantium atque Itinerantium bibliotheca. Or, a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels… The maps included in this work were completed by Emanuel Bowen. The work was published in London for T. Osborne in 1764. This is the third, much expanded edition and thus considered the best edition of Harris’s Navigantium. It included the first English map of Australia and an important map of Georgia.

“This is the revised and enlarged version of the 1705 first edition… [This] edition, especially prized for its maps, has been called the most complete by several authorities. Particularly valuable is the inclusion of Tasman’s original map and two short articles printed on the map… To the original extensive collection [including Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Schouten, Hawkins, Narbrough and Dampier] are added accounts completed since the first publication: Christopher Middleton to Hudson’s Bay, 1741-42; Bering to the Northeast, 1725-6; Woodes Roger’s circumnavigation, 1708-11; Clipperton and Shevlocke’s circumnavigation, 1719-22; Roggeveen to the Pacific, 1721-33; and the various travels of Lord Anson, 1740-44” (Hill)

“A collection of all known voyages … [Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca] is valuable for the original impressions of the fine series of maps by Herman Moll, including a very good one of America. Also there is one of the world according to Mercator’s projection, with improvements, showing the northern coast line and part of the west and south coasts of Australia together with parts of Tasmania and New Zealand. Among voyages included are those of Magellan, Drake, Cavendish, Schouten, Hawkins, Narbrough, and Dampier.” (Hill)